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The Super 8 Years

Directed by David Ernaux-Briot, Annie Ernaux

Release: 2022
Runtime: 60
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

The French writer and 2022 Nobel Prize awardee Annie Ernaux, whose novels and memoirs have gained her a devoted following (and whose autobiographical L’Événement was adapted just last year into the critically acclaimed film Happening), opens a treasure trove with this delicate journey into her family’s memory. Compiled from gorgeously textured home movie images from 1972 to 1981 – when her first books were published, her sons became teenagers, and her husband Philippe brought an 8mm film camera everywhere they went – this portrait of a time, place, and moment of personal and political significance takes us from holidays and family rituals in suburban bourgeois France to trips abroad in Albania and Egypt, Spain and the USSR. Supplying her own introspective voiceover, Ernaux and her co-filmmaker, her son David, guide the viewer through fragments of a decade, diffuse and vivid in equal measure. The Super 8 Years is a remarkable visual extension of Ernaux’s ongoing literary project to make sense of the mysterious past and the unknowable future.

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Venue City Date
Avalon Theatre Washington 1674018000January 18 - January 19, 2023
Cinema Public Montreal 1671685200December 22, 2022
Cinémathèque Québécoise East Montreal 1672981200January 6 - January 19, 2023
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1673758800January 15, 2023
DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema New York 1671253200December 17 - December 20, 2022
Film at Lincoln Center New York 1671166800December 16 - December 22, 2022
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1673586000January 13 - January 31, 2023
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1673586000January 13 - February 1, 2023
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1674450000January 23 - January 24, 2023
Maysles Documentary Center New York 1680148800March 30, 2023
Sacramento French Film Festival Sacramento 1670216400December 5 - December 15, 2022
SPACE Portland 1672203600December 28 - December 29, 2022
Sudbury Indie Cinema Sudbury 1677128400February 23 - February 26, 2023
Time & Space Limited Hudson 1671166800December 16 - December 25, 2022
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1672030800December 26, 2022 - January 2, 2023
Winnipeg Cinematheque Winnipeg 1676610000February 17 - February 23, 2023